A Day Trip to Auvers-sur-Oise with PAN – Part IV

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L'escalier à Auvers

L'escalier à Auvers
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L'escalier à Auvers avec cinq personnes

L'escalier à Auvers avec cinq personnes
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Close-up of Panel

Close-up of Panel
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Just outside the entrance to the courtyard of the tourist office lies a stairway winding up a steep hill. I took a picture and then immediately discovered that Van Gogh had gotten there first&#8212standing nearby was a panel with a reproduction of Van Gogh’s L’escalier d’Auvers (avec cinq personnages). His rendition of the stairway makes it look more colorful and more lively than my photograph, don’t you think?

Kids in Courtyard

Kids in Courtyard
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Stepping into the courtyard, I saw about three dozen kids running around, wildly enjoying themselves. (By the time that I took this picture they had calmed down.) I later realized that they had come here for an art lesson.

Little Girl Donning a Painter's Smock

Little Girl Donning a Painter's Smock
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Watercolor Painted by Little Kids

Watercolor Painted by the Children
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The kids went into the back courtyard where tables were set up with artists’ supplies. They donned smocks and set to work painting. The photo shows one of their efforts. After they finished, they left the courtyard and another group of kids entered. It must have been a great experience for them!

Inside the Tourist Office

Inside the Tourist Office
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We went into the tourist office to arrange for a tour of the inn where Van Gogh lived. There were lots of books about him on the table there.

Bottles of Fruit Juice

Bottles of Fruit Juice
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I spotted bottles of fruit juice for sale: apple, pear, strawberry, raspberry. I wanted to return to buy a couple of bottles, but alas! we never returned to the office.

Tomorrow: Our tour of the auberge.

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